Title: LOVE ME IF YOU DARE
Author: Kate Laurens
Publication Date: June 29th 2013
Source: e-copy provided by RABT for review purposes
From the author of Love Me For Me... Some things change... It's been three years since Kaylee Sawyer has been home--home to the alcoholic mother she can't handle, home to the painful memories of her sister Ella... and home to the guilt she's carried for years. About to enter her final year of college, she is determined to come to terms with the mess of her past--and to ignore the guy whose single kiss has been tattooed into her mind forever. Some things stay the same... Dylan McKay is still golden haired and dangerous, the flame Kaylee was always afraid to touch for fear of getting burnt. But despite the damage that's been done, she finds that she still can't stay away from the one person who accepted her the way she was. Some things are meant to be. Kaylee is no longer the innocent girl she once was. Though tragedy ripped them apart before, one look from Dylan brings all of the old feelings rushing back. Torn between her past and her future, she's not sure if a person can ever truly go home again. But Dylan doesn't plan to let her go without a fight. **Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content**
*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*
I absolutely adored Safe Haven book one, Love Me For Me. So when I got asked to to participate in this blog tour, the answer just had to be yes. I am so glad I didn't pass up the opportunity to read this amazing book. It had me hooked from the start, staying up late into the night to finish it off (2am) and in floods of tears come the end. (But good tears, not bad).
Kaylee Sawyer hasn't been home for three years. Home means an alcoholic mother, memories of her dead sister Ella and memories of a guy she spent the longest time lusting after but never did anything about until the day of Ella's death. Home means a terrible feeling of guilt. But she is determined to go home and face the past even though it threatens to smother her.
Once home, Kaylee is confronted with everything she feared. Her mom is still an alcoholic, memories of Ella are around her like a noose threatening to tighten and the one boy she ever cared about is the one person in town she is determined to avoid.
Dylan McKay is hot and dangerous. Kaylee is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. She needs to be able to stay away for her own sanity, but she just finds it so very hard.
Getting back to town, Kaylee thought that people wouldn't be bothered to see her, thought they all just saw her as the sister of the girl that died. But she's starting to see that maybe her opinion was wrong.
There are people that are excited to have her back in town. And then there's someone who she needs to confront but can't find the words.
Her friends are happy to see her and Dylan is...well... to tell would be to spoil. This story is something you need to experience first-hand.
Will things ever happen between Kaylee and Dylan or is the past destined to stand in the way of the future?
I would love to tell you more, but I am trying desperately to keep my review spoiler free.
What I can tell you is this:
This story is amazing. It's one that had my emotions all over the place. Kaylee doesn't see herself the way others do. She does herself down instead. She's someone that I couldn't help but feel a connection with. She's at a low ebb and then as the story progresses, she opens up like a butterfly from a cocoon.
Kate Laurens' writing is amazing. She sucks you in, churns you up inside and then spits you back out the other side. I stayed up until 2am this morning just to finish reading and then I ended up in floods of tears. That should tell you something because I don't cry easily. You have to really touch me, get a grip on my emotions and this is something Kate did.
I really hope you buy this book and enjoy it as much as I did. You'd be crazy not to. You don't have to have read Love Me For Me first, but it would be better (in my opinion) if you did.
Thank you to RABT for providing this book for review purposes. Thank you to Kate who created Kaylee and who created the guy of my dreams, Dylan McKay.
Thank you to anyone who came to read my review today. Hope to see you all again soon.